World's most powerful handheld laser can mess with satellites

Regular laser pointers can be a hazard to aircraft, but a new handheld laser claims to be so powerful, that it comes with a warning you against pointing it towards orbiting satellites.

The S3 Krypton from Wicked Lasers delivers enough punch to send a beam 85 miles, and at 86 million Lux, they claim that it's spot is 8,000 times brighter than the sun as seen from Earth.

I am a little skeptical of their math however, because even 85 miles falls well short of the 200+ miles that satellites tend to orbit at.

Delivering one watt of light output, the S3 Krypton has a rechargeable lithium ion battery, and includes several safety features to prevent unauthorized use. To prevent overheating, the S3 will automatically reduce the power as the temperature builds, so I guess you won't be able to recreate the scene where Goldfinger tries to slice James Bond in half with his laser.

Wicked Laser makes a wussy 300mW version of the Krypton for a mere $300, but it you want the full 1W enchilada, it will set you back a cool $1000.

Wicked Lasers, via SlashGear

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